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Hostos Students Proclaim the 14th Dramatic Reading Contest “An Awesome Event”Tuesday, April 3, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – On Thursday, March 29th, cheers and laughter resounded from the Savoy Multipurpose Room as the Hostos English Club held its fourteenth annual Dramatic Reading Contest.

In these competitions, students vie for first, second, and third place honors and two honorable mentions, and an Audience Award. This year the judges were Professors Kim Sanabria (coordinator of judging), Diana Díaz, Isabel Felíz, Margarette Connor, Aida Ortíz-Ruiz, and Mr. Jason Libfeld, Student Leadership Academy Coordinator.  Professors Leigh Phillips and Andrew Hubner assisted by counting the audience votes.

Following the readings, the panel of judges awarded first place honors to Ameena Johnson, second place to Rachel Egbeyan Eromosele, and third place to Amabell Rodríguez. The Audience Award also went to Ms. Johnson, who proved to be the event’s big winner. Both María Vassallo and Chino Villanueva received honorable mentions.

Student Elvia Bustos Acevedo who read “Love Is Not All” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, said, “I really loved the event. This was my second time. Last year I participated with the ESL students, and this year with the English students, so I’m really happy.”

Over 70 students attended the contest, and many described it as “awesome.” According to Abe Rasheed, who performs with the Hostos Repertory Company, “This event is important for the arts and the spoken word; it gives people a chance to hear their voice, and there are a lot of really good voices in this school.”

Professor Sharma said that Rasheed’s observation reflected the inspiration that led to the creation the English Club: “Fourteen years ago, the Dramatic Reading Competition was organized to provide a venue for our students' expression of the spoken word. Their performances continue getting better each year.  Professor Hutchins and I are very proud of them.”

Professor Hubner declared this year’s contest to be one of the best, “if not the best ever.”

The students competing in the 14th Annual Dramatic Reading Contest were welcomed by President Félix Matos Rodríguez, Professor Sue Dicker, Chair of the English Department, and Professor Maya Sharma, the founding faculty advisor of the English Club.

Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Ms. Sandra May Flowers, President of the Student Government Association, Mr. Nathaniel Cruz, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management, and Ms. Donna Paul, English Club President were unable to attend in person, but sent their greetings.

The English Club thanks the following individuals for their contributions: Professors Leigh Phillips, Craig Bernardini, Michael Cisco, Isabel Feliz, Patricia Frenz-Belkin, Karin Lundberg, and Madeleine Stein, who advised students in poetry workshops; Professor Ian Scott for creating the cover of this year’s program; Mr. Don Braswell of the President’s Office; Dr. Susan Dicker, Chair of the English Department, and Dr. Robert Cohen, Chair of the Department of Language and Cognition.

Additional acknowledgements and expressions of gratitude go to the following: Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez, President of Hostos Community College; Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs; Ms. Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne, Vice President for Administration and Finance; Mr. Nathaniel Cruz, Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management; Mr. Jerry Rosa, Director of Student Activities; Ms. Sandra May Flowers, SGA President;  Ms. Rhonda Smith Secretary of the Office of student Activities; Mrs. Diosa Carmona, Secretary of the English Department; Ms. Linda Scott, Secretary of the  Language and Cognition Department; Mrs. Mercedes Valdéz (Anna) and all the other staff of Duplicating Services.

About The Hostos English Club
The Hostos English Club is a student-run club open to the campus community. It holds social and cultural activities throughout the academic year and sponsors the annual Student Dramatic Reading Contest in the spring and Celebration of Student Poets in the fall.

English Club Officers:
President, Donna Paul; Vice President, Carlos Cuevas; Secretary, Sonya MacIntosh; and Treasurer, Maria Quelix

Faculty Advisors:
Professors Maya Sharma and Christine Hutchins

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097


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